Kart racing is another type of motorsport that is gaining more fans worldwide. Similar to the Formula 1 car design, karts or go karts are open wheel vehicles that range from amusement park karts that can reach a maximum speed of 15mph, up to super karts that can reach speeds up to 160 mph. For the motorsports fans “karting” is widely known to be the least expensive motorsport.
The first kart was built in Southern California in 1956 by Art Ingels. The first manufacturer that produced go kart engines was Go Kart Manufacturing Co, also based in the US. Later, as the sport grew and spread worldwide, a large number of manufacturers designed and produced custom go kart engines. Today the sport evolved to a worldwide motorsport with numerous types of championship styles like the FIA Karting World Championship or the Enduro races all over the US.
Go kart racing classes
Because of their low cost and high popularity, go karts racing lessons have become common among all ages. In the United States racing classes can start at the minimum age of 5, where kids will use “Kid Karts” and then they progress up to the “senior status”, one that teenagers at the age of 15 or 16 can reach after various years of practice. The classes take place on custom built licensed tracks that vary according to each go kart racing format: sprint racing, endurance racing or speedway racing.
Some karting tracks have been built indoors making indoor karting become very popular version of karting. In the US, there are more than 80 facilities that provide indoor karting, a more safe and preferred version for the general public.